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Pak apparent view of US as threat, 'equal to or larger than India' leading country to rush for more bombs!
Pakistan's apparent opinion about the US of being a threat equal to or larger than India, amid its changing relationship with the latter, has led Islamabad into rushing to make more bombs, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) has claimed in a write-up. ANI

Trade strain between US and China could aggravate: Economists
Economists have predicted an increase in trade tensions between China and the Unites States due to the current global financial outlook and the US election politics. ANI

Chinese media blames West, Dalai Lama for 'distorting truth' behind deadly clashes in Tibet
Chinese state media has blasted Western governments and Tibetan government-in-exile for distorting the truth about recent deadly clashes in Tibetan-inhabited areas, in a bid to discredit the government. ANI

Nexus between key Memo Gate player Mansoor Ijaz, Sharif-led PML-N?
An article in a Pakistan daily has hinted at a nexus between Pakistani- American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, a key witness in the Memo Gate controversy and the Nawaz Sharif-led Pakistan Muslim League-N party. ANI

Indian classical maestro Chaurasia enthrals Pak music lovers in Republic Day concert
Renowned Indian classical flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia enthralled music-lovers at a concert organized to commemorate India's 63rd Republic Day in Karachi. ANI

Robert Gibbs back on Obama payroll as 'strategic consultant' for re-election campaign
Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has returned to Barack Obama's payroll as a "roving surrogate and strategic consultant" for the latter's re-election campaign. ANI

'US 'betrayal' pushed Afghanistan, Pak to re-engage over Taliban peace talks
The US' move to initiate talks with the Afghan Taliban in Qatar last September reportedly created a feeling of 'betrayal' in Pakistan and Afghanistan, bringing both countries closer once again on the issue. ANI

Interpol chief calls on Pak to break terrorist- drug baron nexus
Interpol Secretary General Ronald K Noble has stressed the need to break the nexus between terror and drug barons and appreciated Pakistan's efforts in this regard. ANI

Pak SC grants two more months for memo probe completion
Pakistan's Supreme Court has granted two more months to the judicial commission probing the Memo Gate scandal for completing its work. ANI

Egypt's military seeks to bolster ties with US amid tensions over raids on NGOs
A delegation of senior Egyptian generals has arrived in Washington to mend rifts with the U.S., after relations between both sides hit a new low due an Egyptian government raid on pro-democracy and human-rights groups and travel bans imposed on several American employees. ANI

Egyptian military seeks civilian panel's advice on early transfer of power
Egypt's military rulers have sought advice from a civilian advisory council regarding the transfer of power to civilians before the June-end deadline. ANI

PPP and Musharraf had become 'partners' following 2008 general elections: PML Q
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has revealed that his party had helped the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) form a coalition government in Balochistan at the request of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf. ANI

Iraq outraged over US drones patrolling its skies
Iraqi officials have expressed anger over American surveillance drones patrolling over its skies to protect the US embassy and consulates in the country. ANI

Pak hardliners openly spew anti India, US, Israel venom
Various hardliners, including the Pakistan Defence Council (PDC) have warned the government against reopening of NATO supply routes, threatening strikes and sit-ins if the rulers compromised on the issue. ANI

'Pakistani' UK Muslim pilot fired over fears 'he might copy 9/11 attacks'
A Muslim airline pilot in Britain, who has claimed to have lost his job because of his religion, has said his bosses feared he might replicate the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. ANI

Now, 'banned' outfit JuD chief Saeed openly calls for war to 'liberate' Kashmir from India
'Banned' outfit Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Professor Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has urged the Pakistan government to get out of the US-led war and focus on a war to secure the freedom of Kashmir. ANI

US architect wanted to turn dead George Washington into zombie
While the nation mourned the death of George Washington, a mad scientist planned to reanimate the first president with lamb's blood after he died. ANI

Wills-Kat put baby plans on hold until next year
Prince William and Duchess Kate are said to have put off their plans of starting a family until next year so that they can focus on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics. ANI

Over 4 in 10 Pakistanis believe it is important for Western and Muslim societies to get along
Over four in ten Pakistanis believe it is very important for Western and Muslim societies to get along, inspite of a majority of Pakistanis expressing disapproval of the current leadership in the United States. ANI

Canadian-Afghan family sentenced for 'honour killing' three daughters
Three Canadian-Afghan immigrants have been found guilty of murdering four family members and dumping their bodies in the Rideau Canal, as the judge criticized them for what he called "cold-blooded" killings based on their "twisted notion of honour." ANI

Facebook chief behind bogus ID crackdown himself had 'shadow account'
A Facebook director, who recently revealed that the firm had cracked down on 'multiple identities', was himself found to have another account, in contravention of the social network's policy. ANI

Rudd is Australia's preferred leader to PM Gillard
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd's popularity has received a new boost with a new poll placing him as Labor's best hope for survival in Australia. ANI

Memo panel asked to use ISI chief's statement as evidence following Ijaz's refusal to visit Pak
After Pakistani-American businessman refused to show up before the Supreme Court in Pakistan over security reasons, Barrister Zafarullah Khan, one of the petitioners in the Memo Gate case, requested the judicial commission to summon Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant-General Ahmad Shuja Pasha to testify on the same issue. ANI

Pak 'vigil-auntie' TV host sacked for 'moral policing' young couples
A Pakistani TV host dubbed the 'vigil-auntie' has been sacked after an episode of her morning TV programme showed her ambushing young couples and demanding to know whether they were involved in immoral behavior. ANI

China's ten most powerful 'black collar class' unmasked
They dress in dark suits, drive black limousines and have rumored links to 'black societies' from the underworld, and are known as the 'black collar class'. ANI

Employed mums prefer working even if they don't have to
Most employed mothers like being busy and would work even if there is no obligation, a new study has revealed. ANI

Moscow motorists stage rolling demonstration against Putin
Thousands of cars participated in a large protest on Sunday against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. ANI

Mukherjee says India won't cut off oil imports from Iran
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said that India won't cut Iranian oil imports. ANI

US 'clarifies' Panetta's 'Pak knew about Osama's hideout' remarks
The US embassy has issued a clarification concerning Defence Secretary Leon Panetta's remarks that Osama bin Laden had some kind of support network within Pakistan. ANI

Gilani rubbishes reports of extending Pasha's tenure to 'improve matters' with Pak army
Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has ruled out reports of giving an extension in service to Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant-General Ahmad Shuja Pasha with an aim of 'improving matters' with the army. ANI

Singer Deepali Joshi killed in car accident in Kuwait
Renowned Indian singer Deepali Joshi died in a tragic road accident in Kuwait on her way from the airport to the hotel on Friday night. ANI

Assad's forces launch bloody campaign in bid to re-take all of Damascus
At least 19 people were killed when Syrian armed forces shelled residential districts on the outskirts of Damascus amid President Bashar al-Assad launching a major offensive to regain full control of the capital. ANI

Karzai plans to hold peace talks with Taliban in Saudi Arabia
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has planned to meet with the Taliban in Saudi Arabia in an attempt to restart peace talks. ANI

Infoblox and CA Technologies Deliver Game-Changing Network Automation and Compliance Capabilities
Infoblox Inc. announced today that it and CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) have entered into a strategic partnership, whereby its Infoblox Trinzic NetMRI network automation and compliance product is being bundled and integrated into the CA Unified Automation portfolio, and rebranded as CA Network Automation Business Wire India

DoubleTree by Hilton to Debut in Indonesia’s Capital City
Hilton Worldwide today signed a management agreement with PT Nurtirta Nusa Lestari to bring the first DoubleTree by Hilton property to Indonesia Business Wire India

GT Advanced Technologies Announces DSS™450 MonoCast™ Crystal Growth System
GT Advanced Technologies Inc., (NASDAQ: GTAT), today announced the commercial availability of its DSS™450 MonoCast™ crystal growth system. Modules produced from material grown in GT’s DSS™450 MonoCast™ furnace rival modules that incorporate traditional boron-doped batch CZ monocrystalline wafers in terms of total output Business Wire India

Sumitomo Electric Develops Remote Radio Head for TD-LTE Base Stations
Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. (Tokyo: 5802) (ISIN: JP3407400005) announces the introduction of the TRU2640, its advanced remote radio head (RRH) designed for use in Time Division–Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) networks, following the release of the FRU2180 for Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) LTE networks in June 2011 Business Wire India

MetLife to Acquire the Czech, Hungarian and Romanian Operations of Aviva plc
MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) has agreed to acquire from Aviva plc its life insurance businesses in the Czech Republic (Aviva Czech Life) and Hungary (Aviva Hungary Life), and its life insurance and pension businesses in Romania (Aviva Romania Life and Pensions) Business Wire India

Delphi Genetics: The New DNAVAC Research Project Targets the Removal of Antibiotics in Veterinary DNA-Vaccine Development and Production (Using the Staby® Technology)
The Belgian Biotech Company Delphi Genetics SA is proud to announce the launch of a newly-funded project. Together with academic and Biotech key-players, the company will participate in the development of DNA vaccines using the Staby® technology (antibiotic-free) during the next 3 years Business Wire India

Statement issued on behalf of Econet Wireless
On the 24th January 2012, in the Federal High Court of Nigeria, the Honorable Justice Shuaib, handed down judgment in the matter between Econet Wireless Ltd (‘EWL’) vs. Bharti Airtel Nigeria Limited, suit No FHC/KD/39/2008 (Formerly FHC/L/172/2004) Business Wire India

KCI Announces New Management Structure
The Board of Directors of the parent company of Kinetic Concepts, Inc. and LifeCell Corporation today announced that Ronald A. Matricaria has joined the Board of Directors and will serve as its Chairman. Matricaria will oversee the implementation of a new management structure under which Joseph F Business Wire India

The Valence Group acts as independent advisor to the Board of Directors of Solutia in relation to the acquisition of Solutia by Eastman Chemical Company
The Valence Group, a specialist investment bank offering M&A advisory services to the chemicals, materials and related sectors, has acted as independent advisor to the Board of Directors of Solutia (NYSE:SOA) in relation to the acquisition of Solutia by Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN), as announced on January 27, 2012. Business Wire India

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